Ethan Ward Wins National Title
On Sunday 30 September Ethan Ward and Jack Hopewell represented our club at the 2012 British Champions for 10 and 11 year olds that were held in St. Helens.
The British Championships is the most prestigious event of the year where players from all over Great Britain converge to compete to become the British Champion in their weight category.
Both boys attended the 2011 event and did not make medal positions, this year they have worked hard and were determined to better their previous results at this event.
Ethan was up first in a group with 22 other competitors; he received a bye in the first round moving him directly into the second round. Ethan won his first contest by Ippon hold in just over a minute which moved him to the quarter final, this contest was much more of a challenge and went the full contest duration Ethan was the eventual victor after his opponent had receive three penalties, Ethan was now in the semi-final, again this was a close contest with neither player scoring until the last second when one of the players threw their opponent right on the time signal, it was not clear who would be awarded the throw or if it was within time, the judges deliberated and awarded a Yuko score to Ethan which secured him a place in the final. After the previous contests Ethan was prepared for a tough final however in true Ethan style he treated this contest as it was his first and went straight for a quick win, he succeeded and caught his opponent off guard and winning by Ippon in 0.12 seconds. Meaning Ethan had now secured 1st Place, Gold medal and the British Champion title for 2012.
Jack was next up and was in a group of 12 competitors, he got off to a great start winning his first contest by Ippon throw which took him into the second round he then continued winning the next contest with another Ippon throw for a place in the semi-final. The semi-final was and tough contest and Jack was eventually out matched by his opponent and would now fight for a bronze medal. Jack’s next contest was the bronze medal final and again he met stiff opposition with the two players battling to score throughout the contest, Jack was a score down with only seconds left on the clock and he had to make a risky attack to try and take a greater score, his attack was countered by his opponent finishing in joint fifth place overall.
There was some great judo from both of our competitors and we are very proud of their performance and sportsmanship throughout the day. We are sure that they will be entering the event again next year to match or better their results before they move up to the main championships in 2014.